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Happy World Party Day! The 7 Most Epic Celeb Parties in History

Woo hoo — it’s time to party! Yes, every year we celebrate World Party Day on April 3rd!

The simple idea is a synchronized global celebration that seeks to make the world a better place. The motto for this holiday is: “Party is the opposite of War.” The idea behind it is that we can only create a better reality by taking positive action and celebrating life (instead of passively promoting peace). So you don’t need to have a birthday, anniversary, religious holiday, or something to celebrate — you just have to want to be positive and enjoy life!

The idea of a worldwide party appeared as a work of fiction in Flight by American writer Vanna Bonta. The trilogy’s first book, published in 1995, ended with a countdown to a mass celebration where all of humanity is united on April 3rd, 2000. The first World Party Day (known as World Party I) took place on April 3, 1996. Readers took the idea and organized a real worldwide party! The celebration has no religious or political ties and recognizes a “universal human right to fun, peace, and life.” The only objective is a global “Party of all Parties” where every person in the world is in sync — no matter what they are doing — to appreciate, participate in, and celebrate social existence.

Now, I love a party as much as the next person and am all for World Party Day — even if it is on a school night. I’m not quite sure how we are all meant to synchronize our parties all across the globe when half of us will be fast asleep, but I like the idea of people celebrating life and sharing a collective ideal on a global level.

However, since I’m a mom, I’ll most likely be a bit too tired to party up a storm, what with homework and work and all that jazz. So instead, I thought I’d celebrate by gathering together all of the BEST EVER parties that we wish we had attended. Maybe we weren’t born, maybe the … er … invitation got lost in the mail, but these are the ones that made the news, went down in history, and became the stuff of legends.

Celebrate World Party Day by reminiscing on the 7 most epic parties in history:

  • The Royal Wedding 1 of 7
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    While singer Ellie Goulding crooned "Starry-Eyed," the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took their first married dance on the floor of the Buckingham Palace's throne room that had been transformed into a nightclub. After a lunchtime reception at the Palace for 650 guests that was hosted by the Queen, the couple's true inner-circle — 300 friends and family members — retired to their homes or London hotels to rest and then change into their evening wear for the reception at the Palace, hosted by the Prince of Wales. Kate and William danced the night away and bacon sarnies were handed out at 2 AM. The last dance of the night was to The Beatles' "She Loves You," just before an amazing fireworks display at 3 AM. 

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  • Kate Moss’s 30th Birthday Party 2 of 7
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    If there was ever a woman who knows how to party, it's supermodel Kate Moss. Her 30th party was themed "The Beautiful and The Damned." It began at her friend and 50 Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Wood's house, and then progressed with a remaining 50 or so people to a suite at Claridge's Hotel in London. Guests at the bash included Naomi Campbell, Stella McCartney, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jools Holland, and Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood. Rumor has it that the evening descended into a bit of a mess, but Kate as always has remained silent on all matters. No matter, it has gone down as one of the biggest and most raucous parties of all time.

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  • 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars® After-Party 3 of 7
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    Who wouldn't want to be hanging out with Jennifer Lawrence and Gaga?! These ladies looked like they had have so MUCH fun. Every year Vanity Fair holds an Oscar® night bash and Hollywood's royalty attend. Hosted by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, this year's festivities moved location: from the Sunset Tower (where rumor has it, it took you over an hour to get to the ladies' room) to a 12,000-square-foot Basil Walter designed glass-walled structure that was erected on the Sunset Plaza's parking lot in West Hollywood. Apparently there are different sections inside — graded depending on how A-list you are. Oh to be rubbing shoulders with Jared Leto, Amy Adams, Gaga, et al... 

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  • Elton John’s 50th Birthday Party 4 of 7
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    Elton John has never been the shy retiring-type, and his 50th birthday party in April 1997 — attended by a mere 500 people — was no ordinary shindig. The music maestro wore a Louis XIV costume, with a wig so big he had to travel in a removal van to his own party! His mum went dressed as the Queen, Boy George DJ'd, and Take That danced the night away. You can bet there were some amazing floral displays as well, as Elton is known for his love of blooms!

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  • Studio 54 Parties 5 of 7
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    Studio 54 opened just off Broadway in April 1977 — the year of Saturday Night Fever when Disco reigned supreme. Owners Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager already had a club in Queens called Enchanted Garden but the legend of Studio 54 would live beyond their wildest dreams. It was THE place to be seen, where Michael Jackson hung out with Woody Allen, Jerry Hall met Halston, and Bianca Jagger rode into her party on a white horse. Regulars included Calvin Klein, Truman Capote, Liza Minnelli, Robert Mapplethorpe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Andy Warhol. There was no segregated area for the VIPs so you really were partying with the stars. The only problem was the long lines at the door which meant very few people made it past the notorious doormen. Alas, after three short years the party came crashing to an end when Rubell and Schrager were sentenced to jail in 1980.

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  • Madonna’s Wedding 6 of 7
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    Madonna married actor Sean Penn on her 27th birthday on August 16th, 1985 at a friend's home in Malibu. Photographers desperate for a photo of the blushing bride rented helicopters, hovering over the site (where Penn had written an obscene message scrawled in the sand for their benefit) and drowning out the couple's wedding vows. It was a celebrity-filled event, with Cher, Tom Cruise, Diane Keaton, David Letterman, Andy Warhol, Martin Sheen, and Christopher Walken all attending. Legend has it the bride shoved cake in the groom's face ... and the marriage only lasted three years. 

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  • Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball 7 of 7
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    Breakfast at Tiffany's author Truman Capote hosted a lavish masquerade ball in 1966 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The party cost $16,000 and took three months of planning. Inspired by the Ascot scene from the My Fair Lady, the elegant Black and White Ball held 540 mask-wearing guests, including A-listers Mia Farrow, Frank Sinatra, Norman Mailer, Tennessee Williams, Sammy Davis Jr., and several Kennedys. According to legend, Tallulah Bankhead insulted Norman Mailer, Lauren Bacall spurned eager dance partners, and the host himself tried to physically block the exit when Frank Sinatra tried to leave! 

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